Iceland opened a new embassy today in Warsaw, the capital of Poland. Thórdís Kolbrún Reykfjörd Gylfadóttir, Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Arkadiusz Mularczyk, Deputy Foreign Minister of Poland, attended a reception held at the premises of the embassy on this occasion.
It was a festive moment when the two ministers cut a ribbon in the flag colours of Iceland and Poland at the reception, which was held at the Focus building in Warsaw where the embassy will be located. Among those who attended the event were leaders in Polish political, commercial and cultural life as well as representatives of Icelandic companies in Poland and Polish-Icelandic friendship societies.
„This is truly a day of celebration that marks a new chapter in the relations between our two friendly nations. Poland is a key state in Europe and it’s important that we finally have reciprocity in our foreign relations. Even more important, however, are the possibilities created for increased cooperation now that we have also opened an embassy. These are in the fields of fisheries, energy and tourism to name a few, and of course also in the field of art and culture,“ says Thórdís Kolbrún Reykfjörd Gylfadóttir, Minister for Foreign Affairs.
The ministers both gave addresses on the occasion of the opening emphasising the good relations between the two nations. Ms Gylfadóttir specifically mentioned cooperation in the fields of security and defence, trade and energy, and also referred to the contributions of the Carmelite nuns in Hafnarfjörður to humanitarian and charitable causes in Iceland.
Following the addresses there was a musical performance by the Frach brothers who are born and raised in Iceland.
The embassy in Warsaw is Iceland’s 27th diplomatic mission abroad. In addition to Poland, the embassy represents Ukraine, Bulgaria and Romania. Hannes Heimisson is the Ambassador of Iceland in Warsaw.